What Kind Of Cabinets Work With Blue Countertops? (Find Out Now!)
Did you know that blue is the most popular color for rooms? It’s true. Blue works as a color that calms the mind and helps keep a peaceful vibe. It also happens to be a popular choice for both kitchens and bathrooms. Blue countertops are in, but pairing them with the right cabinetry can be rough. What cabinet colors work well with blue?
Blue is considered to be an easy to pair color. All neutral colors, including white, beige, black, and grey will work well. In terms of wood stains, the possibilities are also endless. Top choices include mahogany, birch, and oaks. If you want to pair it with a color, go for yellow or blue.
There’s a reason why blue is often called “bluetral” by both fashion designers and interior designers. Let’s get some inspiration for you to enjoy!
What Are The Best Cabinets For Blue Countertops?
Blue works with everything, so you actually would have to go out of your way to make a bad match. Even so, we have our ideas on what works best when you’ve got blue counters.
Yes, white is the universal color matcher. But, in this case, it’s not just a safe bet. Most of the trendy kitchens that are noted today tend to have white cabinets and a blue backsplash, counter, or table. Like, it’s so common, it’s actually kind of a trope. Thankfully, it’s a timeless look that is generally won’t look overplayed.
White lacquer is definitely a good way to go, but it’s always up to you to figure out what you should do in terms of finish. I’m a fan of medium gloss and high gloss lacquer myself.
2. Birch/Light Oak Stains
Birch (or even any type of oak stain) is a good choice for people who enjoy that “new Scandinavian” style kitchen look that works with almost every type of modern decor. The reason why is because it offers a nice contrast. Most birches and oaks will have a sandy and ever so slightly pink hue that contrasts with blue.
The cool thing about this look is that it keeps your kitchen looking fresh and open, even if it’s a tiny room. If you’re looking for ways to brighten up your kitchen, this color combination is a smart move. Of course, this is best for modern looks. More traditional looks will need a darker color.
3. Chestnut Brown Stains
So, this illustration has a cool countertop that is brown with blue specks. Even so, we’re going to use it as a cool illustration for another cabinetry color that you might want to check out: chestnut brown. This is a rich medium brown that has a gorgeous golden hue with a subtle red undertone that complements most shades of blue.
Here, we see chestnut with a light blue kitchen color scheme. However, you don’t have to stick to light colors if you pick chestnut. This is a stain color that can also work with bright blues as well as deeper blues. Overall, this is a good choice for people who want an “everything” color.
Blue has one easy option that can always work: blue. Blue lacquer cabinetry works as a matched up option for blue countertops. I mean, this should be obvious. Any color will match with itself as long as you have a little bit of contrast or extra item.
They key to making the blue on blue look work is to make sure that there’s a little color variety in the mix. Here, they use silver to give your eyes a break from the blueness. In other areas, they may use white trim. If you want to get artsy, getting a monochromatic effect with different shades of blue is a smart choice.
5. Grey Lacquer
Grey is one of those colors that seems to find its way into every room, even kitchens. As a neutral color, it works with any color and yes, that includes blue. Choosing the perfect grey is tricky, but thankfully, paint swatches are a thing. Grey and blue offer up a modern, nautical look to a home.
This neutral is one of the trendiest on the list, but it’s not easy to pull off in a kitchen. If you’re looking for a way to paint your kitchen cabinets and give it a sleek veneer, this is a good choice. However, you should try to add some bright colors if you go with blue and grey. It can be a bit dreary if you don’t.
Note: Black and grey black are also great for this look, but the truth is that most people might find this to be a little dreary for most kitchens. Unless you have a way to brighten things up, it might be a bit too much for your taste.
6. Honey Oak
So, if you’ve been reading my stuff for a minute, then you have also heard about how hard it is to work with honey oak. It’s considered to be a dated, old fashioned wood stain that most people can’t stand. Why? It’s so yellow that it kind of overwhelms most kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. Like, most people can’t stand honey oak.
However, it actually has one perk that most people never guess: it’s actually remarkably good to pair with blue countertops. The blue and yellow undertones of honey oak wood stain work well together. Here, we see it in a cabin. You can almost smell the country fresh cooking, can’t you?
7. Cherry Wood Stain
Cherry wood has a distinct reddish look to it that makes it a great complement to darker blues. This wood stain will give you a lush, luxurious twist to your kitchen without going for an unnatural look like streamlined lacquer metal cabinetry. In other words, it’s a good way to make sure you get a rustic-chic vibe to your home.
Believe it or not, this color scheme used to be fairly popular in Western Europe back at the turn of last century. If you want to make sure that you get a good pairing, use bright turquoise blue or a deep royal blue like the countertop in the photo above.
At first glance, this looks just like a kitchen with white cabinets and a dark blue countertop. However, it’s not quite white. There is a slight shade of creamy beige to the white, so it’s not quite as crisp as the snowy blue-white in our first shot. This is a color category that is known as off-white. It’s not quite white, but it’s pretty enough.
Off-white is a great pick for people who want to have a Mediterranean look to their kitchen, especially if it’s paired with terra cotta tiling. Unlike regular white, off-white tends to give your home a slightly warmer look. This is particularly true if it has a slightly yellow tint or a beige tint. Highly recommended!
Believe it or not, it was very hard to find this pairing online. However, it’s doable and you can see why I’m a huge fan of beige with blue countertops: it’s regal. Beige gives the kitchen a warm, inviting look that makes you feel comfortable without having to darken things up. Moreover, it’s a timeless look.
In the shot above, you see this look get a very palatial, almost baroque twist to it. However, most people who use this pairing will find that it’s a very good look for coastal homes. It’s reminiscent of sun, surf, and sand. Best of all? Since beige is pretty light in color, it opens up a room and helps reflect the light that you get from the windows.
All I’m saying is that this is absolutely gorgeous. Period.
Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.
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